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Birth of a Father

When your first baby is born, it is not just the birth of a new life, but it is also the birth of a new found roleā€¦that of a father or a mother. There are added responsibilities. All in a jiffy world seems to be topsy turvy. How fatherhood brings about changes, read on.

Most fathers go through baby blues after they have a new kid at home. They are all of a sudden shouldered with new responsibilities and roles. In today's world fathers are more involved in their children's lives compared to the earlier generations where a father would be mostly responsible to provide food, clothing and shelter for his family. A recent study showed that in today's world men spend twice as much time caring for their children as opposed to men in 1985. Also a 20 year study found that children who feel close to their fathers are twice as likely to go to school/college or get a good job after their education.

One cannot stress enough the importance of daddy power in the process of a child's growth. So what does a new father think and experience as soon as he holds his child for the first time. He goes through a whole set of feelings ranging from happiness to anxiety and sometimes even depression. While the baby gets the father's love, affection and attention what does a father gain from all this. Let's take a peek into the lessons learnt from fatherhood.

Discover the true meaning of life

One smile or hug from your baby will help you forget all your worries and concerns. Nothing else matters at this point and let's face it - your life has a different meaning now. Whatever you do or say - you always make decisions keeping your baby in the forefront. You start appreciating little things in life - so the next time you see a child throwing tantrums or yelling at the grocery store - you tell yourself that it is a normal part of life. Earlier you would have ended up wondering why the parents cannot discipline their children. But when you have your own baby, something magical happens and you no longer find it annoying.

Importance of time

If you have to-do list then you need to scrap it immediately. Once you have a baby, time becomes a scarce commodity as the new baby needs all your time and attention. Bringing up a baby is a time-consuming and arduous task and that's when you realize the importance of time. Even before you know it twenty-four hours would have passed off in a jiffy. And by the end of the day all you would have done is to clean the baby, feed the baby and just keep him/her content. Thanks to the baby, you get to know the basics of time management.

Stop the crying

What would you do if your baby is crying profusely and you are home alone with your child? You have to stop the baby's crying so you come up with strategies and techniques to end it. Or even better you might end up finding ways and means to keep the baby from crying in the first place.

Sing and dance

On the lighter side you might even learn to sing and dance. You will unknowingly memorize all the nursery rhymes and baby songs. Sometimes fathers even end up dancing for their kids - no matter how silly or unprofessional it might seem.

Baby basics

Above all you learn how to hold, rock and talk to your newborn. You even learn how to change diapers, give baths, feed your baby or just simply be a part of his daily life.

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Sujatha.8 years ago
a nice article. really explains the role of a daddy in bringing up a child without making them feel that it is a burden.
Sunitha.8 years ago
very nice and positive article. i hope father's who think it is only mom's reponsibility to take care of kid will start spending sometime with the kid after reading "a 20 year study found that children who feel close to their fathers are twice as likely to go to school/college or get a good job after their education".
Roshni.8 years ago
does such a man exist in real life?

i'd like to exchange my husband (father of our 7 month old son) with him.
prakash.8 years ago
very nice&positive
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